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Three Feasibility Constraints on the Concept of Justice
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Number of Authors: 1
2017 (English)In: Res Publica, ISSN 1356-4765, E-ISSN 1572-8692, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 431-452Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The feasibility constraint on the concept of justice roughly states that a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for something to qualify as a conception of justice is that it is possible to achieve and maintain given the conditions of the human world. In this paper, I propose three alternative interpretations of this constraint that could be derived from different understandings of the Kantian formula 'ought implies can': the ability constraint, the motivational constraint and the institutional constraint. I argue that the three constraints constitute a sequence in the sense that accepting the motivational constraint presupposes that we accept the ability constraint, and to accept the institutional constraint presupposes that we accept both previous constraints. Adding the possibility of rejecting all three constraints, we get four distinct metatheoretical positions that theorists could take vis-a-vis the feasibility constraint on justice.

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2017. Vol. 23, no 4, p. 431-452
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Feasibility, Fact-sensitivity, Ought implies can, Compliance, Realism, Justice
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Political Science Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-148836DOI: 10.1007/s11158-016-9336-zISI: 000413984800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-148836DiVA, id: diva2:1156576
Available from: 2017-11-13 Created: 2017-11-13 Last updated: 2018-01-09Bibliographically approved

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